Crutcher, Leander 857812

Leander J. Crutcher

WENATCHEE — A Rock Island man already facing trial on charges of drug possession is now accused of keeping a hoard of $20,000 worth of illicit drugs for sale, including more than a pound of methamphetamine.

Chelan County sheriff's deputies said they found more than 500 grams (about 17.5 ounces) of meth, 346 grams (more than 12 ounces) of heroin, 48 Suboxone strips and numerous pills in a storage unit kept by Leander J. Crutcher, 36, when they searched it on Tuesday.

The search followed Crutcher's arrest July 20, when a deputy followed him from a Rock Island storage facility to Wenatchee while seeking to arrest him on a warrant. He was free on bond while waiting to stand trial in August on charges of meth and heroin possession, stemming from an arrest last December.

The deputy and Wenatchee Police Department officers arrested Crutcher at Mission and Park streets in Wenatchee, and allegedly found two Suboxone strips and $500 cash on his person, plus 18 grams of heroin and 32 grams of meth in the Mercedes he was driving.

Deputies won a search warrant for the storage unit, where they said the larger supply of drugs was found. They are seeking two charges of drug possession with intent to deliver. Crutcher was ordered held Tuesday in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $500,000 bail.

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013

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